Scripture Reading: Mark 9:30-50
“And He sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all” – Mark 9:35
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Without question, the believer is called to follow God. That path will inevitably take you not to what we might perceive as the top, but rather to the bottom. The greatest leaders in the world have learned the basic truth which Scripture itself evidences from cover to cover. When we are tempted to look at powerful men and women in our culture who have climbed their way to the top by stepping on others, what we are looking at is not necessarily a good leader, but one who has asserted their own strength.
By contrast, Biblical leadership is defined not only within the confines of Biblical text, but rather in the person of God Himself. Consider this, the God of this universe did not blatantly assert His power over the earth then leave man in misery to fail. Rather, the greatest leader of all, Jesus Christ, “made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:7-8)
Through the years of counseling others, I’ve heard a plethora of statements such as, “This works well within the walls of the church, or within the construct of the family – just don’t take this into business, you’ll never succeed.” Problem is, this simply is not a true statement. The methodology of serving may change, however the principle of service remains. Consider this statement from the book, Management a Biblical Approach by Myron Rush, “I have discovered that if you train a man, he will become what you are,…But if you serve him, the sky is the limit as to what he can become.” He continues, “When I learned this, it freed me to serve men who have a greater capacity than I have.” (pg.14) Further, in discussing leadership Myron continues, “The… leader is to serve those under him by helping them to reach maximum effectiveness. And the higher up in an organization a person goes, the more he is to serve. In fact, the head of the organization is to be totally at the service of those under him.”
These fascinating statements apply the type of excellent servant, that Jesus Christ Himself is. There is none greater than Christ Himself, and there is no greater servant than Jesus. If we are followers (disciples) of Jesus, then we too are to be the chief servant of all. Truly what the Spirit of God teaches through Paul in Philippians 2:4 should be noted, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
A Look Outside
How are we leading. If you are a young person, consider how you lead your siblings, or those in you social settings. Examine your family, how do you are you leading? Finally, ask yourself if you are being an excellent servant in the workplace. Are you merely training others, or are you serving them?
*The audio for this post will be made available once complete. Matthew was in Mexico for emergency dental work when this should have been posted. Radio broadcasts will be re-broadcast of earlier messages.